At Modern Pain Consultants, our team is composed of spine specialists who are well diversed in the treatment of spine pain. We offer on-site, highly effective, non-surgical treatment for spine pain.
Spinal pain is the most commonly experienced pain in the adult population. The majority of people will seek medical care for lower back or neck pain at some point during their lifetime. For many individuals, spinal pain can manifest into chronic and debilitating pain. Spinal pain is defined as pain that originates from the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back), or lumbar spine (low back).
In addition to the anatomical location of your spine pain, spinal pain can also have referred or radicular pain features. It is not uncommon for patients to have multiple spine conditions causing referred and radicular pain to coexist.
What are common Spinal Conditions?
What is Radiculapathy Pain?
Many patients refer to radiculopathy as sciatica, or a “pinched nerve.” Doctors use the term radiculopathy to specifically describe pain, and other symptoms like numbness, tingling, and weakness in your arms or legs, that are caused by a problem with your nerve roots. The nerve roots are branches of the spinal cord that carry signals to the rest of the body at each level along the spine.
Radiculopathy is caused by inflammation of the nerve root, which is related to spinal conditions such as spinal stenosis or disc herniation. Radiculopathy usually creates a pattern of pain and numbness that is felt in your arms or your legs in the area of skin supplied by sensory fibers of the nerve root, as well as weakness in the muscles that are also supplied by the same nerve root. The number of roots that are involved can vary from one to several, and it can also affect both sides of the body at the same time.
What is Referred pain?
Referred pain, also known as somatic pain, is defined as the sensation of pain in a region of the body distant from the region in which the actual source of pain is located.
The referred pain is not produced by inflamed spinal nerves but rather evoked from the somatic structures in the spine.
Referred pain is felt in a wide region, or patch, and is often described as dull, achy, or deep. Pain from the disc, facet joints, or sacroiliac joint are often associated with referred pain.
What are Risk Factors for Spine Pain?
Spine pain is a multifactorial disorder with several risk factors. Some risk factors include psychological conditions, employment and workplace stress, repetitive movements, elevated body mass index, smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, and a family history of spine pain.
How is Spinal Pain Treated?
The majority of patients with spine conditions will not require surgery for the treatment of their back pain. Conservative treatments include physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic care. Medication management can include anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant (gabapentin or lyrica), antidepressants (cymbalta), and opioid-like medication.
Intervention Pain Treatments for spinal pain include:
- Caudal Steroid Injection
- Epidural Steroid Injections
- Facet Injections
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- Trigger Point Injections
- Intrathecal Pain Pump